Saturday, April 9, 2016

Good News, Bad News: ATBATT Contest Update and Some Site News

Aloha, everybody, 

I've got some good news and some bad news...

The good news is for you hundreds of readers and fellow bloggers out there who wanted to get in on the 100,000 views contest, but missed the deadline last night. I'm giving you all one more chance to get an entry in. 

That's right, for the next 24 hours I'll reopen a window to enter the contest. It's totally free and easy to join. Just check the contest details here, and drop in an entry - on that same page. The contest will close to all entries at midnight PST tomorrow, Sunday night.

That said, the reason for extra time on the contest is the bad news. I didn't finish out the contest and randomize a winner yet because Thursday night my mother suffered a stroke. Needless to say, the contest and the blog have taken a backseat to this unfortunate situation. 

However, there is also a bad news/good news aspect to all of that. She had a stroke, but luckily it did not affect her physically. She can still move everything just like before, but her speech abilities are impaired. She has difficulties finding the right words and is sometimes confused about how to answer us when we speak to her. Time will tell how much she will recover. 

Since then, I've been spending a lot of time at the hospital, and that may continue to be the case for the next few days. Soooo...I apologize for not completing the contest quickly, but I think you can all understand. 

I'll do my best to randomize and announce the winner on Monday. 
With that, I gently remind you all to give your moms a hug as soon as you can. 


  1. I hope your mother starts feeling better soon! Y'all are in my thoughts.

  2. Cards always take a backseat to family. Hope all works out for the best.

  3. Your family is in my thoughts as well. Sending good wishes your way.

  4. Sorry to hear about your mom. Hoping she bounces back strong.

  5. Sorry to hear this, take care of the family, Hope you mom will recover quickly !

  6. dude... I lost my mom 12 years ago, and I still miss her every damn day. All our best to you and yours. Take care pal. Take all the time you need/want....

  7. Some years back my grandfather had a stroke right in front of me, I'll never forget that. Hope your mom gets better soon. I hope you're doing ok as well.

  8. Sorry to hear about your Mom. Hopefully she gets well soon.

  9. Thanks everybody. You don't know how much your support means to me.
    It truly helps in a time that I need it. All of your thoughts are very much appreciated. From mom and I :)